Small update this week

Halifax ReTales Closed

The Subway in Historic Properties has closed

Clothing store Alexa Pope has closed their Bishops Landing shop and are clearing remaining stock online and an upcoming warehouse sale

After 50 years The Plaid Place has closed it’s retail doors. They will have a big clearance sale soon and will continue the rental side of the business. In the meantime, it looks like they have some set up some presence at Penhorn.

It looks like the final list for surviving David’s Tea locations has been released 18 locations will remain of 213 and the only surviving one in Atlantic Canada is in Dieppe.

There is a big building going up on Higney behind Ikea/Kent and I heard it was a Leon’s but it’s the new regional distribution centre for Leon’s and not a store

Indian subcontinent tastes have been a trend over the last few years, with several restaurants and grocers opening.

That was the case last weekend when Shahi Groceries opened in the plaza at 278 Lacewood Dr. in Clayton Park. The store will also have ready-to-eat meals and “spices and all the necessities to calm your desi taste buds.”

Meanwhile, not far away at 30 Farnham Gate Rd., Saffron Multi Cuisine Indian has soft opened and is ramping up toward a grand opening. It is bringing tastes from all over India and dishes that haven’t really been on local menus yet.

Saffron has already had two special all-you-can-eat events by reservation. Two weekends ago, there was a brunch that focused on egg dishes. Last weekend, there was a dinner brunch that honoured Kathiyawadi cuisine, which is a spicy and fiery cuisine from the Saurashtra region in the Gujarat state of India.

In March, right next door to Saffron, Bombay Spices opened, offering a variety of regional grocery items.

In the fall, RedChillies: Flavours of India opened at 936 Bedford Hwy. and has been embraced so much that it has taken over the unit next door and is close to opening a grocery called RedChillies Bazaar.

Last spring, at the Boss Plaza at 51 Supreme Ct. in Halifax, BIGS (Brothers Indian Grocery Store) opened, bringing regional goods to that community.

Over the last two years in the Spring Garden Road area, Rasa: Flavours of India opened an upscale restaurant on Birmingham Street and followed up with it’s more casual sister bar, Sura. Hiding out of sight in the basement of Spring Garden Place is the cheap and cheerful cafeteria style Adda Indian Eatery.

It is also worth the drive to Lunenburg to visit Lamprai & Spice for delicious, ever-changing daily Sri Lanka offerings, while you can try Nepalese curry on offer during evenings at the Woodside Tavern in Dartmouth.

I have the utmost respect for veterans like Taste of India in Scotia Square, Curry Village on Dresden Row for their prepared foods, and supplies from Indian Groceries on Robie Street. It’s great to see the significant growth of excellent regional cuisine.